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From Dean Gaudet <dgau...@arctic.org>
Subject Re: info on Apache authentication API?
Date Mon, 15 Jun 1998 17:48:20 GMT
The ordering is determined by the ordering of the modules in the
Configuration file (or the order in which they are loaded with
LoadModule).  The first module in the config file (and I think the first
module loaded) is the *lowest* priority.  The various *Authoritative
directives determine if a module is able to say that "no that user
definately does not exist".  This can be used to short circuit other
modules from being able to handle a particular lookup.

So we already allow control via access.conf, auth is controllable from any
config file.  Including .htaccess files if AllowOverrides is set properly.

Other than the numerous examples, there is no documentation.

In the future we hope to abstract this.  There need only be a single auth
module.  It needs only "lookup key" as a primitive from a db module.  So
we'll probably have another API that allows folks to build different
"lookup key" primitves.

Dean

On Mon, 15 Jun 1998, Jeff A. Earickson wrote:

> Hi,
> 
>    Can y'all point me to where a description/discussion of the Apache
> authentication API is, or is going to be in the future?  I have seen
> references to such documentation, but haven't been able to find it.
> Any plan here that is written down?  Any RFC's?
> 
>    I recently twinked Paul Henson's DCE module for Apache (see 
> http://www.intranet.csupomona.edu/~henson/www/projects/mod_auth_dce/)
> to work with Apache 1.3.0, and I had trouble understanding if DCE
> authentication would be done first, then plain (.htpasswd) authentication,
> or just one method, or the methods in reverse order, etc.
> 
>    I've seen other modules for authentication (dbm, PAM, Kerberos) and
> I'm wondering what Apache's overall authentication strategy is or will be
> for any of these methods.  Ideally I would like to see the authentication
> module usage delineated in the system access.conf file -- which module
> gets used, in what order, what is required.  Something like PAM does.
> What's the plan here?  Thanks.
> 
> ** Jeff A. Earickson, Ph.D                         PHONE: 207-872-3659
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